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Meet The Supplier – Pegasus Disco
Hello my lovelies,
I’m down in not so sunny Dorset this week. The rain is relentless and frankly I’m over it now. I suffer from the most ridiculous frizzy hair and this weather just makes me look like a clown. Kate calls it my halo – and consequently I have to listen to Queen Bey’s song Halo all the live long day. I don’t even know why I stick around sometimes, but saying that after insulting her wedding favours in the most public way possible in last week’s blog, I guess I am still lucky to be employed! #PushingMyLuck
On the other end of the spectrum this week’s blog is about one of the nicest I have ever had the pleasure of meeting. Our supplier this week is the lovely Mark Gerard of Pegasus Disco who has been helping to burn the dancefloor at thousands of Dorset based events for over 25 years. Mark also very kindly helps us with #MarksMusicMonday which some of you will be familiar with. I hunted Mark down and badgered him until he answered my questions.
Introduce yourself and the nature of your business.
Hi my name is Mark; I own Pegasus Discos down in beautiful Dorset. I provide entertainment for primarily Weddings including the Ceremony music and I can also be a Master of Ceremonies for the Wedding breakfast as well as the all-important evening party, I also work with a local band providing the complete entertainment package
How did you get into it and how long have you been in the business?
I started way back in 1990, at the time I saw that there were no DJ’s catering locally for the younger customer. I took advice from other DJ’s and learned not only how to put music together but how to read a crowd. One of the DJ’s I worked for in the early days also allowed me access to the equipment I needed to get started on my own.
What is your favourite time of the year (in terms of your profession)?
I would have to say Christmas. There is something about a Christmas Wedding I find very enjoyable maybe it’s the landscape at some of my favorite venues or the fact guests are less inclined to venture outside and take advantage of the longer evenings
What do you use for inspiration?
Not so much what as who. I find getting to know the Couple beforehand their personality’s and their taste in music gives me a skeleton to build upon, if I am booked for the whole day I will try and spend time chatting to guests as well. I also find I get ideas from listening to the speeches.
What is your favourite venue and which venue would you most like to work at?
I am torn between two and both for the same reasons; Kingston Maurward and Lulworth Castle. Both have stunning scenery but more importantly the staff are always, friendly and accommodating towards not only myself but more importantly the couple who are getting married.
If you were not doing this job what other job would you be doing?
I would love to work backstage at a theatre.
Please describe a typical day or 48 hours in the run up to a big event?
Generally the run up for me begins 3 weeks before a Wedding when I have my final meeting with the couple to discuss their music choices and timeline (1st dance, buffet, departure etc.). Then the week before I will make sure I have any special requests (father/daughter dance B&G 1st dance), finalize any scripts. If I am working with a band I will try and contact them and ask for a copy of their set list so that I don’t duplicate anything they are going to play. On the day once I arrive at the venue I will have a quick chat with the duty manager, set-up the equipment, get changed and THEN find the couple to say hello, congratulate them and ask how their day has been.
What job/piece of work are you most proud of?
The answer to this one isn’t actually wedding related. A few years ago I was helping a local charity (Heroes Haven) and along with my wife and one of the charity committee members we organised a fundraising concert at Weymouth Pavilion with 5 local bands and over 300 tickets sold.
Mark is genuinely the life and soul of the party, he is thoroughly entertaining and really knows how to read and work a crowd. As you will tell every Monday, he has a wide and varied playlist and will listen to your needs as a couple and make sure your wedding party and guests will have an amazing time.
Thank you so much to Mark for taking time out of his busy schedule to answer my questions, you can find his website at http://www.pegasusdisco.co.uk/ – be sure to check him out for your event, he is fast filling up for 2016 and you’ll regret if you miss out. You can also find Mark on Facebook www.facebook.com/Pegasus.Discos and Twitter – @pegasusdisco – while you are there you can find me too @zbridalreloved . If you are going along to the Corn Exchange Wedding Fair this weekend you will also be able to meet Mark and a whole host of other Dorset wedding suppliers – do go and have a wander if you are in the area.
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See you next week…..xx